Sunday 12 July, 2020

Menzies blames inexperience for Girlz' 5-0 thrashing at World Cup

Hue Menzies, the Jamaican women's national football team coach.

Hue Menzies, the Jamaican women's national football team coach.

Hue Menzies, the Jamaican women's national football team coach, said the Reggae Girlz were badly hurt by their inexperience in the 5-0 drubbing from 15th-ranked Italy, at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Friday at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France.

A hat-trick from Cristiana Girelli (12th, 25th, and 46th) and a brace from Aurora Galli left the Jamaican team searching for answers once again, particularly defensively, after another heavy defeat.

Girelli got the Italians going from the penalty spot in the 12th minute after defender Allyson Swaby brought down Barbara Bonansea.  The shot was, however, only converted on a second attempt as Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider was penalised after a VAR review for moving off the line.  Girelli doubled the lead after latching on to the corner and beat Schneider to a header early in the second half.

 “Our inexperience showed.  We went out there and gave up a cheap goal.  I think it started from the first half with the penalty, it just bringing down the emotions of the players but hopefully, we can learn from this.  Hopefully, we can get more resources and play these types of games more often,” the English-born Jamaican-American said.

“Italy played with a lot of class, a lot of commitment and a lot of discipline. We need to take a page out of their book.  They are a well-coached team so a lot of respect goes out to them,” Menzies added.

The defeat means that the 53rd-ranked Jamaica's Reggae Girlz are without a point from two games in the four-team group.

Jamaica lost 3-0 to 10th-ranked Brazil in their opening match on Sunday.

The Jamaicans will round out their group stage action on June 18 against sixth-ranked Australia, once again at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims.

Jamaica is competing in its first-ever Women's World Cup.

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